Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project
Abstract: The decision to write this thesis grows out of personal experience coming from my family history, observation in my community, and ministry as a pastor in the community. The focus is twofold: to explore the historical background of marriage and family in the Haitian context and to provide a practical application of a biblical approach to counseling system.
This thesis offers a historical overview of marriage and family among Haitians as well as a practical application of marriage and family counseling for Haitians. It offers an integrative approach of cross-cultural and biblical understanding with a systemic method of counseling. Using a description of qualitative method, it incorporates multiple sources of information and captures a unique perspective of Haitian family dynamics to provide a meaningful approach to marriage and family counseling for family therapists. This systemic method is called an ethnosociocultural model. It seeks to explore and understand typical behaviors noticeable among Haitian couples and individuals and the influences that govern their behavior. It provides a deep understanding and meaningful approach to marriage and family counseling for family therapists. The model is family focused and culturally sensitive.
It is my hope and prayer that this thesis will serve as a resource and a guide to those who want to further their knowledge of the Haitian community and the historical trends that inform them, in order to better serve them and join in the ongoing discussion about the nature of understanding Haitian suffering and respond to those who are in distress.